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Whitwell is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Whitwell family lived in any of various places called Whitwell, in Dorset, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, and the North Riding of Yorkshire.These place names are derived from the Old English hwi-t, meaning "white," and well meaning a "spring," or "stream."

Whitwell Early Origins



The surname Whitwell was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

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Whitwell Spelling Variations


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Whitwell Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Whitwell has been recorded under many different variations, including Witwall, Witwell, Whitwell, Whitwel, Whitewell and others.

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Whitwell Early History


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Whitwell Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whitwell research. Another 272 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1100, 1238, and 1296 are included under the topic Early Whitwell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Whitwell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Whitwell Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Whitwell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Whitwells were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Whitwell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Samuel Whitwell, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1652
  • Bameby Whitwell, who landed in Virginia in 1664
  • John Whitwell settled in America in 1675
  • Francis Whitwell, aged 40, arrived in New York in 1680

Whitwell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Whitwell settled in America in 1755

Whitwell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William H. Whitwell settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1823
  • John Whitwell, who landed in New York in 1839

Whitwell Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Richard Whitwell, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749

Whitwell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Whitwell, aged 28, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Caucasian"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Whitwell (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Whitwell (post 1700)



  • Thomas Stedman Whitwell (1784-1840), English architect who worked in England and the United States
  • Allan Whitwell (1954-1980), English silver medalist rower at the 1980 Moscow Olympics
  • William Fry Whitwell (1867-1942), English amateur first-class cricketer
  • Joseph Fry Whitwell (1869-1932), English amateur first-class cricketer
  • John Whitwell (1812-1880), English Liberal politician in the House of Commons (1868 to 1880)
  • Robert Jowitt Whitwell B.Litt. (1859-1928), British medievalist
  • Stephen John Whitwell CMG, H.M., English Diplomatic Service

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    Other References

    1. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
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    5. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    6. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    7. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    8. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    10. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
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    The Whitwell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Whitwell Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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